Local poet Desmond Egan launched his latest collection of poems entitled “Hopkins in Kildare” at Newbridge Silverware on Wednesday, October 10 last.
The British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott, who officially launched the book recognised the poet’s body of work and achievements throughout his career including 25 years of the Geard Manley Hopkins Festival in Kildare.
He said he was “humbled to be in the presence of someone who has dedicated his life to being a full time poet”.
According to the ambassador, “Desmond Egan is up there with the great poets of Ireland and recognised on an international stage”.
He then read several extracts from the book which he said he found both very poignant and enjoyable.
The launch was well attended and among the guests was Mayor Of Newbridge Murty Aspell. Also present was the Hungarian Ambassador, Tamas Magyarics.
The evening, which was hailed as a great success, ended in classic Hopkins fashion with a few drinks and some music in O’Rourkes pub.
The ambassador and his wife, Jane, joined guests in the pub and were great company with Jane even agreeing to sing a song for the gathering.
The Hopkins committee were delighted to host yet another successful international Hopkins event.
This year, the 25th Hopkins International Festival was held in on Newbridge College, this year’s Festival last July to celebrate the life and works of the late poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.
- Paula Campbell